Photography is a beautiful way to illustrate attributes of God to others, but there is more than one way to do that! On Global Encounters photography mission trips, we bring cameras to teach basic photography to children in other countries and then relate our lessons to the Gospel. A portion from the sale of these cards goes to support ministry efforts in Myanmar and Ecuador.
The story behind the pictures featured in “The World through Their Eyes – Collection 3”:
This set of cards was put together from pictures that were taken by the kids and teens Global Encounters photography teams taught in South Asia. See below for the specific stories…
Let your Light Shine: This image was taken by a teenager in Kalaw, Myanmar. At this particular camp, we were told there was some opposition from the parents to send their kids to a Christian camp. They are primarily Buddhist in this region and ensnared by a lot of cultural tradition. We were not sure we would have many kids show up, but amazingly, many did. It is times like these when I see the importance of letting our light shine in the darkness so that others can see it and find their way to the one and only way, Jesus Christ.
Living Water: This image was taken by a young teen at our photography camp in Kalaw and shows how well they were listening to their photography lessons! We had just taught the rule of thirds and they went out and implemented it perfectly, even catching the ripple as a drop of water hit the surface. It is inspiring to see the talent of these kids who live in the remote mountains. I wonder sometimes what the use is in teaching them photography when I am not sure they will ever have a chance to pursue it, even if they do have real talent. But then I remember, the purpose is not to make them professionals. The purpose is to build relationships with them and invest time in them so that we can introduce them to the Living Water.
I am the Vine: This image was taken by a teen in the mountains of Myanmar. This image is a reminder to me that there is nothing we can do apart from the Vine. If things are going well on a mission trip, it is easy to start thinking I’m the one doing it. Perhaps that’s the reason things often go awry; so I have to come back to my Vine and stay rooted and dependent on Him.
My God Shall Supply: Taken by a teenager in the tribal villages of South Asia. This image is especially meaningful for me as someone once wrote me a note on this card during a time when I desperately needed to remember that God supplies what I need. I still have that note hung by my bed to remember that God takes care of the birds and the grass. He will take care of me. I hope these cards go out and encourage other people in the same way.